Revisiting maritime security along the east
coast of Africa is a matter currently eclipsed by the anti-piracy debate. The African eastern littoral comprises more than events off the Horn of Africa and it is prudent to cast the maritime debate wider than Somali piracy. Contemporary literature, conference
themes, statements and motivations that inform audiences on Africa’s maritime threats pivots upon the anti-piracy theme to foster cooperation, exchange of information, and collaboration. When actors and decision-makers thus contemplate maritime security, the piracy theme has become a fixture, but one that neglects wider matters of maritime security.
If one changes the narrative to enquire on the state of order at sea off eastern Africa, the response repertoire may change as well. The geostrategic landscape and threat perceptions shift to support the belief that the suppression of sea piracy does not equate to the return of good order at sea in east African waters. Addressing the latter is important for order at sea is the longer-term objective due to the importance of its constituent elements for Africa as well as the international society.
The proposed conference aims to address a different question set as a way to reach out to delegates by means of an established academic framework on good order at sea. African leaders increasingly realize the importance of a safe and secure maritime landscape and thus the imperative to introduce order at sea alongside the piracy focus. African actors along the eastern seaboard are also acutely aware of how to respond to piracy, but perhaps less attentive to or aware of the importance and their own contributions to the wider ambit of good order at sea. The constituent elements of good order in themselves are subthemes for analysis and jointly form the thematic outline for the planned conference and
workshop. A revisit of jurisdiction at sea, boundary settlements, safe exploitation of marine resources, safety of maritime traffic and the sea as an environment and source of information is now required. The conference and workshop thus turns the attention to the broader ambit of order at sea off eastern Africa to highlight the African interest and contributions as opposed to the lesser African profile in current anti-piracy measures.
Who should attend? Decision-makers in the maritime, political, military and
business realms ; security practitioners, academics and researchers.
Organisers: Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University and the Royal Danish Defence
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dates: 18-20 September 2013
White Sands Hotel Resort(Directions here)
Directions from the Airport
Professor Thomas Mandrup
Royal Danish Defence College
Tel:+45 39151515 Fax: +45 39296172
Professor Francois Vreÿ
Faculty of Military Science
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Tel: +27 227023106 Fax: +27 227023050.